Rock climbing, surfing, fencing, aerial arts, trampolining…
Sometimes soccer and dance aren’t enough to keep children entertained. We all know that little ones are desperate to keep up with the latest trend, so here are five out-of-the-ordinary sports classes for the kids to try in Hong Kong. From surfing to aerial arts, there’s sure to be something that spikes your tiny tyke’s interest! After all, every parent knows it’s never too early to learn a new hobby…
Climbing is a fantastic sport to develop confidence and partner trust and supports children to develop problem solving techniques as they navigate the best way up a wall. Roped climbing requires participants to work together and rely on one another as one person belays the other and literally holds their life in their hands. It also requires strength and dexterity and is a great way for children to get active. Set to become one of the newest Olympic Sports at 2020 in Tokyo, interest in the sport is sure to rise. Hong Kong is a great place to get hooked on it with plenty of adrenalin pumping routes throughout the Island and the New Territories. To get started classes are offered at the following venues…
Go Nature Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong,3563 7156, www.gonaturehk.com
How much: 4 lessons $960 (including all equipment)
How much: Trial class at $120
How much: $1,000/head/hour for 4 classes (including climbing shoes)
How much: Courses start at $650 contact them for dates.
If dry land isn’t for your child then surfing is a great option for those who love the water. Surfing is also set to become an Olympic sport in 2020 and Hong Kong is the best place for your child to try this daredevil action sport in a safer environment. With a range of beaches offering practice spots, the smaller waves and softer currents will mean that your child can master their skills without becoming overwhelmed.
How much: $400 per person for group of 3
X Game, Big Wave Bay, 2366 9293, www.xgamehk.com,
How Much: $500 per person for a group of 2-4
Children love role play and make believe, it helps them make sense of the world. So what better activity to support this play than fencing, children will love this fast paced, exciting sport that also improves mental agility and fast thinking.
Fencing Sport Academy, 1st Floor, Po Shau Centre, No 115 How Ming St. Kwun Tong, 3568, 0155, www.fencingsport.hk
Hong Kong Fencing Union 2A, 677 King’s Rd, Hong Kong, 9821 8060, www.fencing.hk
What kid doesn’t want to learn to fly? Aerial arts are becoming more and more popular with adults and children alike and many places offer fantastic aerial classes for children. It’s a fantastic way to get children involved in a non-competing sport where they can play, explore and learn new skills. Requiring strength and agility these classes are perfect for every wannabe acrobatic and as children pick up new tricks each week they’ll build their confidence and self-esteem.
Epic MMA and Fitness, 1/F China Building, 29 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 2833, www.epicmma.com
How Much: $200 for first time students
Trampolining is another opportunity for your kiddo to grow wings and fly. A recent addition to the Olympics this is another sport where children can channel their creativity and improve their strength, agility and flexibility.
Bounce Inc., EMAX G/F, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, 2556 9555, www.bounceinc.com.hk
Ryze, 3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 8191, www.ryzehongkong.com